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  • Celebrating another Year

    Celebrating another Year

    I have always loved being a 4th of July baby — guaranteed fireworks! But with each passing year, I’m more aware of our cultural obsession with aging. Anti-aging, literally speaking, is synonymous with dying. My dad used to say when asked about getting older, “It beats the alternative.” I reflect on this topic today, both…
  • Finding Humanity In An Era Of Change

    Finding Humanity In An Era Of Change

    A perspective from Cannes 2018 By Sharon Love – CEO, TPN   Awards for Creativity. Big data. Provocative speakers. Branded beaches. Yachts, parties, concerts, and rose… Some aspects have remained the same over time but the annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has definitely undergone some change—even in the four short years I’ve attended. Beyond…
  • Mobile World Congress 2018

    Mobile World Congress 2018

    In many ways, this year’s Mobile World Congress was an evolution, not a revolution, but none-the-less the show provided a very important peak into the not-too-distant future of mobile experiences and connectivity. Here are a few of the highlights: 5G:  Like the past couple of years MWC was highly focused on what a 5G future…
  • Amazon Wants to Own Your Home

    Amazon Wants to Own Your Home

    In the past several years Amazon has moved from your desktop to your mobile to your home speaker to your home broadly and now to your front door. Amazon is buying smart doorbell maker Ring for a reported $1 billion. The move makes perfect sense as: Amazon continues to play a massive role in the smart…
  • Using AI to Provide Shoppers With Guidance & Personalization

    Using AI to Provide Shoppers With Guidance & Personalization

    Artificial Intelligence is now being used by B&M retailers for everything from supply chain management to personalized apparel recommendations. Knowing that shoppers want guidance and personalization, smart retailers are using AI engines to create style pairings for shoppers, while also factoring things in like inventory levels and seasons. Then, these pairings can easily be applied…
  • Digitizing Your Brick and Mortar: Where to Start

    Digitizing Your Brick and Mortar: Where to Start

    If you’re looking to bring digital into your brick and mortar, but don’t know where to start…. don’t worry, you’re not alone. With the ever-changing digital landscape and expectations of today’s always-on connected shoppers, retailers everywhere are facing the same challenge. So, where do you start? The simplest answer is that in-store digital should be…
  • Hotwire’s Handle on FOMO

    Hotwire’s Handle on FOMO

    Missing out on something awesome is a total bummer. It leaves you feeling hopeless, disappointed, discouraged. It’s the sort of sorrow that drains you until you reach a point where you confront yourself and say, “Never. Ever. Again.” The people at Hotwire know this pain. And they know exactly how to use it. But that’s…
  • What We Expect to See From Amazon in 2018

    What We Expect to See From Amazon in 2018

    At this point, its clear that Amazon has become more than just another e-commerce company that we all shop from. They are also a digital content provider, research destination and marketing channel. And, with their first brick and mortar opening to the public earlier this week, their bigger step into grocery last year and other recent…
  • Meet Me Where I Am

    Meet Me Where I Am

    Technology and e-commerce have contributed to a monumental shake-up in shopping behavior. Shopping is no longer a deliberate, compartmentalized, discrete act. Today it’s something much different. It’s spontaneous, deconstructed, and integrated into the flow of everyday life. We are seeing more and more retailers with new store formats, new models and new ways of engaging…
  • Why I don’t believe in “The Retail Apocalypse”

    Why I don’t believe in “The Retail Apocalypse”

    So much is being written about a “retail apocalypse” and many spent 2017 talking about the death of brick and mortar. However, despite what pessimists might say, shoppers and data are telling us a slightly different story and the stats just don’t support such a doom and gloom situation… 4,080 net new stores opened in 2017…
  • Amazon Go Is A Game Changer

    Amazon Go Is A Game Changer

    We have seen time and time again that convenience is king. A frictionless shopping experience will allow many customers to get their grocery shopping done quickly, and efficiently. There is no need to wait in line to check out. No need to pay at the register. This is a long overdue break-through innovation that will give Amazon a competitive…
  • Maybe The Best Brand You Haven’t Heard Of… Yet.

    Maybe The Best Brand You Haven’t Heard Of… Yet.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you have never heard of KITH, and in the likelihood that you haven’t, consider this a short introduction to one of the most innovative and hottest streetwear brands that is redefining the sneaker industry. It’s founder, Ronnie Fieg, is transcending the industry by carefully crafting his products and retail landscape…

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